After bringing her talents across the globe, Kendra Broad is returning to North America to sign with the Connecticut Whale.
“I really believe in the vision that [Whale GM] Bray Ketchum has set forth and I’m honored to be a part of a league like the NWHL that has done so much to advance the women’s game,” said Broad. “I’m very excited to sign my first NWHL contract and to be a part of the Whale organization.”
Broad began her collegiate career at Lindenwood, recording 51 points (24-27-51) in three seasons and serving as an assistant captain her final campaign. The Petrolia, Ontario native returned to Canada, spending two seasons at Western Ontario. She posted 48 points (24-24-48) in 42 games with the Mustangs, including 11 power play goals and 11 game-winners.
“I see myself as a leader, an offensive threat, a playmaker and someone that can be relied on to play a two-way game,” said Broad, when asked to describe her game.
After college, Broad spent three seasons playing in Europe. She recorded 17 points (9-8-17) in 34 games for Sundsvall/Timrå of the SDHL, before spending the next two campaigns in the Swiss Women’s Hockey League. In 38 games with the SWHL’s NE Hockey Academy, Broad had 33 points (18-15- 33).
“Kendra has been a top forward throughout her career,” said Ketchum. “We’re proud to welcome her to the Connecticut Whale.”
Broad also teaches English online to Chinese children through VIPKID. She plans to coach hockey in the Connecticut community upon her arrival.
“The ultimate goal is for us to win the organization’s first Isobel Cup,” said Broad, “So I want to contribute to that to the best of my ability.”
About the National Women’s Hockey League (NWHL) Established in 2015, the NWHL became the first professional women’s hockey league in North America to pay its players and share in revenue from select apparel sales. The mission of the league is to promote and develop women’s hockey, increase participation and interest in the sport at all levels, and shine a light on the role models that fill the rosters of all of its clubs. The league is made up of the Boston Pride (2016 Isobel Cup champions), Buffalo Beauts (2017 champions), Connecticut Whale, Metropolitan Riveters (2018 champions), and Minnesota Whitecaps (2019 champions). For more information, please visit NWHL.zone